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Richard Verschoor takes stunning rookie Macau Grand Prix victory

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Joe Portlock/FIA F3

Richard Verschoor outduelled Juri Vips to win the Macau Grand Prix and FIA Formula 3 World Cup at his first attempt.

Verschoor started fourth on the grid, but utilised the slipstream heading towards Mandarin to draw alongside FIA F3 champion Robert Shwartzman and Christian Lundgaard.

They went three-wide, with Prema’s Shwartzman and ART Grand Prix’s Lundgaard making light contact with each other and Verschoor passing both on the inside. Shwartzman?s wing was damaged, which caused a puncture and put him out on the spot.

Meanwhile, poleman Vips was building a healthy lead in the opening laps, until the first safety car intervention for separate crashes involving Campos Racing’s Leonardo Pulcini and ART Grand Prix returnee Ferdinand Habsburg.

On the restart, ex-Red Bull junior Verschoor was unfazed by current Red Bull protege Vips weaving across the track, and used the slipstream to pull off the crucial move around the outside heading to Lisboa.

There was a virtual safety car intervention for Sophia Floersch?s HWA Racelab car coming to a halt on the first of the long straights.

Vips tried several times in the closing laps to repass Verschoor but was unable to find a way through. That was not without pushing ? there were a few occasions where he nearly hit the wall.

Verschoor won the 15-lap grand prix by less than a second at the end from Vips and Carlin’s Logan Sargeant – another Macau debutant – who pulled off a mega move on Lundgaard at Lisboa right before the VSC was called.

Lundgaard came home fourth, ahead of Trident’s racing returnee Alessio Lorandi and Sauber Formula 2 regular Callum Ilott.

Verschoor’s team-mate Liam Lawson was seventh after holding off fellow Kiwi Marcus Armstrong ? who battled from 17th on the grid – with David Beckmann (Trident) and Frederik Vesti (Prema) rounding out the top 10.

Reigning Macau winner Dan Ticktum managed to work his way up to 13th from the back of the grid to round off a troubled weekend.


Race results (15 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 38m10.330s
2 Juri Vips Hitech GP +0.792s
3 Logan Sargeant Carlin +1.540s
4 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix +2.241s
5 Alessio Lorandi Trident +5.020s
6 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +5.922s
7 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport +8.594s
8 Marcus Armstrong Prema +9.356s
9 David Beckmann Trident +13.239s
10 Frederik Vesti Prema +13.633s
11 Yuki Tsunoda Hitech GP +15.717s
12 Keyvan Andres HWA Racelab +18.665s
13 Dan Ticktum Carlin +19.230s
14 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport +20.498s
15 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix +21.705s
16 Enzo Fittipaldi Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +26.174s
17 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab +26.294s
18 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP +28.690s
19 Charles Leong Jenzer Motorsport +33.792s
20 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport +34.400s
21 David Schumacher Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +35.894s
22 Enaam Ahmed Campos Racing +36.521s
23 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport +37.184s
24 Felipe Drugovich Carlin +37.621s
25 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing +53.135s
Ret Sophia Floersch HWA Racelab
Ret Ferdinand Habsburg ART Grand Prix
Ret Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing
Ret Olli Caldwell Trident
Ret Robert Shwartzman Prema
Fastest lap: Hughes, 2m06.419s